Crichton Memorial Lecture

The Society of Saint Gregory honours the memory of Monsignor James Crichton with an annual lecture in his name. This is to fulfil his final wish that the Society should continue in its efforts to teach and educate.

The Lecture takes place at the Annual Assembly and is open to members and non-members alike.

We acknowledge with gratitude the generosity of the Lisbonian Society which continues to sponsor the lecture each year.

2015 lecture

Last year’s lecture, at St Dominic Barberi Church in Littlemore, Oxford was given by  Professor Thomas O’Loughlin of Nottingham University, entitled ‘Language, Music, Liturgy – communicating the Word’. Extracts will be published in future editions of the Journal and some content may also be made available online.

In the meantime, you may be interested in some online discussions between Prof Thomas and our own Mgr Kevin McGinnell to which we have posted links.

More by Prof Thomas

Previous Lectures


This was given at All Souls Church, Coventry, on 15 November 2014 at 2.30 pm by Revd Dr Andrew Cameron-Mowat. His theme was’Liturgy in the Era of a Jesuit Pope’. The paper was printed in Music and Liturgy, vol 40, no 3 (February 2015). If you are a member of the Society of Saint Gregory, you will have received this issue. If not, why not become a member? Details here.



This was given at the Church of Our Lady, St John’s Wood, London on 9 November 2013 by Bishop Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. A re-developed version of his lecture, entitled ‘The Synod on the ‘New Evangelisation’, Rome, October 2012′ is available in Music and Liturgy, vol 39 no 3/4 (February 2014).

Previous lecturers have been:

2002 Mgr Tony Boylan

2003 Rev Dr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ

2004 Rev Dr Peter McGrail

2005 Prof Bill Tamblyn

2006 Prof Paul Bradshaw

2007 Mgr Kevin McGinnell

2008 Paul Inwood

2009 Bishop David McGough

2010 Dom James Leachman OSB with Dom Daniel McCarthy OSB

2011 Fr Daniel O’Leary

2012 Mgr Andrew Wadsworth

Mgr JD Crichton

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